Center for Latin American Social Policy
The Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASPO) hopes to strengthen social policy research on Latin America in order to foster the use of effective community development policies. To attain this goal, CLASPO will:
- Train young researchers in the design and evaluation of social policy
- Promote mechanisms of collaboration and exchange of ideas between diverse actors involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of social policy.
CLASPO encourages the exchange of ideas at a variety of levels:
- At the country level, it will bring together government officials, researchers, academics, and the leaders of NGOs involved in the generation of community development initiatives. Special efforts will be made to promote exchanges between specialists in the major Latin American metropolitan areas and poor provincial regions.
- At the regional level, CLASPO will promote dialogue between researchers from different Latin American countries. It will serve as a forum for the cross-national exchange of ideas wherein specialists can analyze successful as well as failed social initiatives.
- At the inter-regional level, it will bring together the aforementioned social policy specialists from Latin America with UT researchers, including faculty and students affiliated with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Population Research Center, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Urban Issues Program, and the Departments of Government, Anthropology, and Sociology. We intend to involve scholars who work on U.S. as well as Latin American social policy, thereby encouraging the exchange of different perspectives and national experiences.
We are tremendously excited about the creation of the Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASPO) since we feel that this initiative will strengthen the cooperation among all of us who work for the improvement of social conditions in Latin America. We would like to count on your support during the long journey ahead.
A full text archive of papers published under the auspices of CLASPO can be found in the LANIC Etext Collection.